I've kindly been sent some tips for both new runners and experienced runners for protecting your feet whilst running and I thought it would be great to share them here. Running is a high impact exercise which naturally creates pressure on your ankles, knees and hips - so making sure your feet are protected and comfortable is absolutely crucial. As well as encouraging women to get a supportive, good quality sports bra for running, getting the right pair of running shoes and protecting your feet is also a high priority (what could be more important to a runner than their feet?)
First and foremost, running shoes need to be a good fit. It’s important to choose wisely and invest in a pair which will offer protection to the feet and sufficient support upwards into the legs and skeleton. People who suffer with foot issues, for example fallen arches, need to pay attention to this. Products such as Vionic Orthotics will help support the foot and will make a big difference to foot comfort in the long term.
Exfoliation is important for your feet as skin can often be rough and dry, thickened by activity. By not exfoliating, this can lead to cracking, especially around the heel area, in the worse cases this can even lead to bleeding. Through regular exfoliating with a pumice stone and moisturising after, it can help keep your skin supple, soft and flexible.
Ensure you trim your toe nails before running. This will prevent them catching in the sock fibres or causing scratches which can provide an opening for infections.
After a long run, cool your feet down in a bath of cold water. The water will reduce the temperature of the feet and will prevent swelling; you can also use Epsom salts in the water to make your feet softer. This avoids chafing and irritation as well as its own discomfort.
With these tips, feet will feel better than ever - and runners can focus on their training rhythm, not the pain in their feet.